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A general view of the “Statue of Unity” portraying Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of India, during its inauguration in the western state of Gujarat. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has unveiled the world’s tallest statue his western home state of Gujarat, honouring a key independence leader and(...)

A computerised impression of the Shivaji statue planned near the Mumbai shoreline.

For all the famed exploits of the 17th century Hindu warrior king Shivaji, he never extended his domain to Bombay, instead watching from afar as the f(...)

Lawyers take part in  a protest in Srinigar, Kashmir, on Monday  calling for justice in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl  in Jammu and Kashmir state in January. Photograph: Farooq Khan/EPA

Eight men accused of involvement in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state appeared in court on Monda(...)

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau with  his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau,  daughter Ella-Grace  and son Xavier at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The enduring issue of radical Sikhs in Canada demanding a separate homeland for their community in India’s Punjab state continued to overshadow prime (...)

Protesters kick a poster of the Bollywood film Padmaavat during a protest in Bhopal, India, on Wednesday. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

A contentious Bollywood epic opened in cinemas across India on Thursday under blanket security after months of fierce protests. The crew of the film,(...)

The mother of a stampede victim sits beside her son’s body as it is transported from a hospital in Mumbai, India, on Friday. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

At least 22 people died and more than 32 were injured in a rush-hour stampede during a monsoon downpour in Mumbai on Friday. Indian Rail officials fe(...)

A Rabari man on the outskirts of the ‘Little Rann of Kutch’

The animals are returning on a biblical scale, flooding into this green expanse, like grains of sand rushing into an hourglass. Water buffalo, camel c(...)

Workers haul up a bucket of sand from Vasai Creek in Bhiwandi, Thane, India. Photograph: Thomson Reuters Foundation

At dawn on a sultry summer morning, Balaram Raute stood on a boat bobbing in a murky creek outside Mumbai, waiting for the sun to light up the water s(...)

Leo Varadkar’s  father  is from Mumbaibut the family originated in Varad, a village in Gujarat state north of Mumbai, from which the family derives the name.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar’s extended Indian family will be anxiously awaiting news from Dublin on his likely election as Fine Gael leader andtaoiseach-in-waiting. (...)

  Indian surrogate mothers protest   in the campus of  Kaival Hospital in Anand, 90 kms from Ahmedabad: India’s government  has approved plans to ban the booming commercial surrogacy industry, a move that would block thousands of foreigner, single parents and gay couples who come to  to centres to have a baby.  Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images

India has unveiled a policy to ban the booming domestic commercial surrogacy industry in order to protect poor women from exploitation. The draft l(...)

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